Exhibit opening at Grand Manan gallery

Submitted photo A piece by Janice O’Neill, which will be on display at the Grand Manan Art Gallery from June 26 to July 15.

GRAND MANAN – The second exhibit of the season at Grand Manan Art Gallery will have a Maritime theme.

The exhibit is set to open on June 26 at 1 p.m. and will run until July 15 at 6 p.m. Artwork will follow a Maritime theme from three artists practicing a variety of mediums.

“A lot of people love the Maritime theme,” said Mary Hawkins, publicity chairperson with the gallery. “There will be beautiful work inspired by Grand Manan and the Maritimes. I can hardly wait to see it.”

Janice O’Neill has been pursuing her artistic interests more freely after a career in architecture. Her favoured medium is oil paint, however she does work in watercolor and acrylic as well. O’Neill described her exhibit at the gallery in an email to the Courier as, “a group of works that capture snippets of times past and present along the majestic Bay of Fundy.”

David McDonald is a very well-loved artist returning to the gallery. He works exclusively in oils, which he started with a knife, and has shifted to using a cloth and brush more recently. He’s never taken lessons, preferring to teach himself through making mistakes.

“When I approach a canvas, I have no idea what I am going to paint,” he’s quoted as saying.

Melanie Craig-Hansford retired to New Brunswick after a career in public education. She is both a poet and visual artist, involved with the Arts and Culture of Sussex for many years. Craig-Hansford believes that art is sharing who we are and hoping someone might connect with that. Her exhibit at the gallery will include landscape work in watercolour, ink, acrylic, and mixed media.

The gallery offers an open invitation for artists to apply. They host two fixed exhibits each year showcasing different artists’ work.